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TG&Y was a five and dime, or variety store, chain in the United States. The chain was named for its three founders: Rawdon E. Tomlinson, Enoch L. “Les” Gosselin, and Raymond A. Young. The initials were ordered according to the age of the three, with Tomlinson being the oldest. Founded in 1935, the chain was headquartered in Oklahoma City. At its peak, there were more than 900 stores.

It was acquired by McCrory Stores in 1986, when it had about 720 stores. Shortly after McCrory’s purchased TG&Y, that company cut over 8,000 employees and closed 205 stores, including 23 in its former home-state of Oklahoma. It did business under the TG&Y Family Center and later TG&Y Dollar and Aim for the Best and Dollar-T names as well.

TG&Y stores were firmly embedded in southern culture as modern-day general stores with a bit of everything, and often called by the irreverent monikers, “Turtles, Girdles and YoYos”, “Toys, Goodies and Yummies” and “Toys, Gifts and YoYos”. Near the end of its successful years, the chain used the advertising slogan, “Your best buy is at TG&Y.”

In 2001, TG&Y filed bankruptcy and all stores were eventually closed.

4 Comments to TG&Y

  1. I’d forgotten all about these stores. At one time they were all over the place just like Allied department stores.

    Almost overnight all the Allieds became “Citi Trends” and pretty much lost the old style charm they once had.

    Sort of like the long lost Ben Franklin 5 and 10 stores

  2. Neil R on January 24th, 2013
  3. We had one in Covina, California, in the Los Angeles area. It was right next to the Market Basket grocery store, which is gone, too.

  4. Susan C. on January 28th, 2013
  5. We had one in Dothan, AL that was part of a busy shopping mall downtown. Now the mall is in disrepair, and where TG&Y stood is a Dollar General.

  6. Lammashta on January 28th, 2013
  7. I went into management with them in Orange Park FL. after a couple of years as a clerk. About 100 yrs ago! Hahaha…making $4.05 an hour. Those were the days…I was 20 yrs old.

  8. Ron Johnson on December 30th, 2013

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